About the COOC

Mission Statement

The COOC is a trade association with the mission of encouraging the consumption of certified California extra virgin olive oil through education, outreach and communications.

The COOC is committed to upholding the highest standards within the olive oil industry through its Seal Certification Program.

COOC Quick Facts

  • In March 2017, the COOC marked 25 years since its establishment by a group of farmers in 1992.
  • The COOC has over 400 members including growers and producers, service providers, retailers and other supporters of the California olive oil industry.
  • Growers and producers make up the greatest number of members.
  • The COOC represents over 90% of all olive oil production in California.
  • The COOC Taste Panel, founded in 1998, certified over 350 oils from the fall 2016 harvest.

Industry Facts

  • As of January 2018, there are over 40,000 acres planted in California for the production of extra virgin olive oil.
  • It is estimated that 20,000 new acres will be planted each year in California by 2020.
  • There are over 400 growers/producers of olive oil in California.
  • Over 75 olive varieties are grown in California for olive oil production, resulting in proprietary blends unique to California.
  • It is estimated that the fall 2017 harvest produced 4 million gallons of extra virgin olive oil. The fall 2016 harvest produced 3.5 million gallons.
  • There are over 45 mills in California with more under construction and/or expansion.
  • The COOC Taste Panel, founded in 1998, was the first sensory panel established for olive oil in the Western Hemisphere. The panel celebrated its 20 year in 2018.

Contact Us

California Olive Oil Council
801 Camelia Street, Suite D
Berkeley, California 94710

T: 888-718-9830
F: 510-898-1530